Well, the Philadelphia Eagles pulled it off and beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. They played a great game, and I watched most of it with Gary, especially the last few minutes. 

What a great game and the “underdogs” won! They were the underdogs in all the playoff games, too, and came through with wins in all of them. We were happy with the final score.

As usual, I did not think the half-time program was very good; I don’t think they have had a good one for many, many years. Ads were only so-so.

Upcoming February events

Abraham Lincoln’s birthday is on the 12th; the 14th is Valentine’s Day; Ash Wednesday; and the 16th is the Lunar New Year.

The Plum Township supervisors meeting last week was cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m., at the CVFD fire hall. The CVFD meeting was also canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday, the 13th, at 7:30 p.m., at the fire hall.

Geneology 101

Today, we remember yesterday for the tomorrow. Need help with your family genealogy? Not sure where to start? Titusville Historical Society charter member and longtime member of the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society Kathy Newsome will facilitate three-consecutive courses in Genealogy 101, and will walk participants through the steps to start, research, and maintain your genealogy. These courses do not use computers, so participants only need to bring a pencil and paper to the first course. Participants may want to bring other resources, such as a family Bible, but are not necessary.

Each course is approximately one hour long. Times and dates are as follows: Saturday, at 11 a.m.; Feb. 24, at 11 a.m., and March 10, at 11 a.m. The courses are held at the Titusville Historical Society’s Heritage Center, at 126 W. Spring St. (formerly Perk Place).

The courses are free, but donations will be accepted. Reserve a spot and materials by calling 827-7303, and leave a name, phone number.

Ham shoots

The ham shoots at the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department’s fire hall have began on Feb. 4, at 8 a.m., and continue weekly. There will be coffee and doughnuts available for purchase. Come on out and get your Easter ham for your dinner.

Spring gun bash

Mark your 2018 calendars for April 21, when the Chapmanville VFD will have its spring gun bash. Tickets were ordered and will be available soon. Contact any department member for tickets.


Sympathy is sent to the family of Daniel Roessner, 69, of Oil City, who passed away on Jan. 30, 2018. He was the son of the late James and Bette Keating Roessner, and is survived by two sisters of Titusville, Barb Rauschenberg and Monica Roessner.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of Faye Hulsizer, 63, of Titusville, who passed away on Feb. 2, at Titusville Healthcare and Rehab Center. She was born on May 27, 1954, to Donna Pettit Ferry and the late Milton Pettit. Survivors include her mother; two sons, Kris Hulsizer and Jesse Hulsizer; granddaughter, Bailey Hulsizer; sister, Lorrie (Kevin) George; two brothers, John (Gloria) Pettit and Scott (Cindy) Pettit; son-in-law and daughter, along with nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles; and a dear family friend, Chuck McQuiston. No public calling were held and interment will be in Kerr Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be in Faye’s name to Titusville Healthcare and Rehab Center, Titusville Police Department, or Titusville Fire Department.

Sympathy also to the family of Mildred Prichard Eddy, 98, who passed away on Feb. 3. She was a daughter of the late Dallas and Myrtle Prichard who had moved from Kane to a farm in Diamond when she was a small baby in a horse and buggy. She grew up on the farm, and was one of five late brothers and three late sisters. She is survived by her children, Robert (Roberta) Eddy, Katherine (Robert) Davitt, Marsha (David) Edwards, and Linda (David) Holquist; 16 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

May God grant strength and comfort to family and friends of those who have departed.


This recipe is for “Simple, But Good, Marinara Sauce,” and I am going to try making it as soon as I get the ingredients. Regular spaghetti and pizza sauces do not agree with me. Ingredients: 1 can (2 pounds, 3 ounces) Italian-style tomatoes, 1 large onion (diced), 1 large carrot (diced), 2 small cloves garlic (minced), 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pinch crushed red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon leaf basil (crumbled), and 1/4 chopped parsley.

Combine tomatoes, onion and carrot in medium-size saucepan. Bring to boiling, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon; lower heat; simmer sauce 15 minutes. Puree mixture, a small amount at a time, in container of electric blender.

Sauté garlic in oil in a large saucepan one minute. Stir in pureed tomato mixture, salt, pepper flakes and basil; cook five minutes. Stir in parsley just before serving. Makes enough sauce for 1 pound of cooked pasta.


Happy birthday greetings are being sent to: Addison Gates on Feb. 10; Jean Coulson on the 11th; Linda Brown, Jane Moyers, Nick Mihailoff, Leah Carter, and Mary Law on the 12th; Linda Culbertson and Lucky Pettit on the 13th; Shannon Motter on the 14th; Dan Cook and Bodey Nichols on the 15th; Destiney Gates and Aimee Hancox Casey on the 16th. May God bless each one with a great birthday.


My apology for having missed anniversary couples and dates last week. Belated wishes are sent to: Ed and Doris Wheeling on Feb. 7, which was their 65th wedding anniversary. Congratulations on your great life together.

Happy anniversary greetings are being sent to: Terry and Carolyn Shreffler on Feb. 12; and George and Jean Mehalko and Matt and Amanda Myers on the 14th. A special 65th anniversary greeting is sent to George and Jean Mehalko. Congratulations also to you on your great life together. May God bless these couples with many more years of love and happiness.

Church schedules

— Diamond Evangelical United Methodist Church, 1206 Meadville Road: Sunday school begins at 9:45 a.m., with worship service, at 11, with Pastor Jerome Alsdorf.

— Chapmanville Community Church: Sunday school, at 9:45 a.m., and worship, at 10:45, with Pastor Glen Van Cise.

Bible verse: “He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.” — Psalm 147:3.

A thought — “A true friend is always loyal.”

A Christian chuckle

Job description

St. Michael’s By the Estuary was getting organized. They had written a mission statement, designed a flow chart, and the office was now working on job descriptions. 

Educational director: Leaps small buildings with a running start; is almost as powerful as a switch engine; is faster than a speeding BB; walks on water if he knows where the rocks are; talks with God if special request is approved.

Church secretary: Lifts buildings to walk under them; kicks locomotives off the track; catches speeding bullets in her teeth; when God speaks, she says, “May I ask who’s calling?”

Abrams can be reached by email, at abby@zoominternet.com, or by phone, at 827-2597.

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